June 2, 2017 – Transient Orca, Seals & Sea Lions
June 2, 2017
There could not be a more perfect afternoon! It was sunny and the ocean was calm as glass. We took a turn for the west when we left the harbour and set our sights on locating the male transient orca that was found earlier this morning. We made it to Beachy Head when his tall, 6-foot dorsal cut the surface of the water. What an amazing sight he was.
His scientific name is T103, and he is a lone killer whale as he has lost his mother and any siblings. Our handsome orca is believed to be turning 50 years old this year! Male orcas have a life expectancy of 40 to 60 years, so this guy is a seasoned whale.
We stopped at Race Rocks Lighthouse to see the wonderful wildlife that call these islets home. We spotted a beautiful pair of bald eagles sitting side-by-side atop one of the islands. California and steller sea lions were having afternoon naps in the sun. Harbour seals were spotted in large numbers, many of the females are preparing for the pupping season, new babies are coming! Lastly, guests spotted 4 giant elephant seals, all males, lying in the shallow waters near he boat ramp.
It was a trip full of all kinds of local marine mammals and birds on the picturesque Salish Sea. We are so happy guests from all corners of the world could join us on today’s adventure, it was wonderful to have you aboard and share our coast with you!